SOLVANG, CA – The Animal Rescue Team, Inc. (ART) raised about $22,000 at its sold-out sixth annual fundraiser held on Friday, October 3, at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum. Although these funds are critical in the rescue, rehabilitation and re-release of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, ART needs to double those donations and is asking for the public’s help.
“In an average year, $22,000 would be enough, but this is hardly an average year,” said ART Executive Director and Co-Founder Julia Di Sieno. “The drought has made this the most dire year for the survival of native wildlife. It’s only October, and the Animal Rescue Team has already treated 340 animals, which far exceeds the typical 200 we treat in a full calendar year. In order to meet this growing demand, we need to expand our facility size, build many new cages, and purchase new veterinary equipment.”
Including utility bills, staff, veterinary care and animal food, ART’s monthly operational costs can top $10,000.
“We are grateful to the caring Santa Barbara County residents who stepped up at the fundraiser to help meet the growing financial demand needed to treat this unfortunate record-breaking number of wildlife. We hope that even more people will be able to reach into their pockets to rescue wildlives in this year’s life-or-death situation.”
Tax-deductible donations may be made via PayPal or on ART’s website (www.animalrescueteam.net). In-kind donations of items such as blanket, food, trash bags, towels, birdseed and animal medications may be made in person at the ART facility located at 875 Carriage Drive in Solvang. A full list of needed items is available on the ART website.
Friday’s annual fundraiser ticket sales alone raised $10,000. Another $10,000 was raised through the silent and live auctions, which included donated items such as a KISStory anthology autographed by legendary rockers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley; a private plane tour of Santa Barbara County; and a seven-day getaway to a luxurious resort in Barbados. An additional $2,000 was raised in general donations.
The Santa Ynez-based John Corbett Band, whose members are long-time supporters of ART, headlined the fundraiser. The hosted bar included numerous varietals from wines generously donated by Koehler, Arthur Earl and Alexander and Wayne Wineries, all of which are wildlife-friendly. Dinner featuring tri-tip, chicken and vegetarian items was provided at a deeply discounted cost by Me & Lou’s Barbecue Catering.
Video from the fundraiser is available to members of the media upon request. A public gallery is available at www.flickr.com/animalrescueteam.